Rob Krentz, a prominent Arizona rancher, was found shot to death 30 miles from the Mexican border in 2010, and the case was used to justify the state’s harsh immigration laws. But seven years later, it is far from certain that his killer was in the U.S. illegally.
ICE spent an average of $10,854 per deportee during the fiscal year that ended in September. Trump has promised to deport all of the estimated 2 million unauthorized migrants with criminal histories now living in the U.S. He’s going to need a much bigger budget.
Newly empowered federal agents have intensified their pursuit of undocumented immigrants under Trump. A Seattle prosecutor says immigrants have quickly come to fear the U.S. justice system. He says, “The federal government, in really just a couple of months, has undone decades of work that we have done to build this trust.”
In our continuing series highlighting jurisdictions to watch as efforts to deport the undocumented multiply, John Jay researcher Daniel Stageman examines Alamance County in North Carolina, where a civil rights suit stopped local law enforcement from enforcing detention orders. Will it get new life under Trump?
While many California law enforcement agencies say officers don’t enforce federal immigration policies, their own police manuals seem to suggest otherwise, offering advice on how suspected illegal immigrants can be stopped and questioned. Many of the agencies use template manuals from Lexipol, a company that drafts policies for law enforcers.
This week’s first official “detainer” report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement included a list of 118 self-declared immigrant sanctuary cities. President Trump has threatened to strip federal funding from the localities, but the consequences for those on the list are a mystery.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cites the rape of a high school student in Rockville, a suburb of Washington, D.C., allegedly by two undocumented immigrants, as a reason for local officials to re-examine their policies.